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A lesson in English (part one) - The Paranoid Android
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A lesson in English (part one)
We'll begin with a box, and the plural is boxes;
But the plural of ox should be oxen not oxes.
One fowl is a goose, but two are called geese,
Yet the plural of moose should never be meese.

You may find a lone mouse or a nest full of mice,
But the plural of house is houses, not hice.
If the plural of man is always called men,
Why shouldn't the plural of pan be called pen?

If I spoke of my foot and showed you my feet,
When I give you a boot, would a pair be called beet?
If one is a tooth and a whole set are teeth,
Why shouldn't the plural of booth be called beeth?

If the singular is this, and the plural is these,
Why shouldn't the plural of kiss be kese?
Then one may be that, and three would be those,
Yet the plural of hat would never be hose.

We speak of a brother and also of brethren,
But though we say mother, we never say methren.
So plurals in English, I think you'll agree,
Are indeed very tricky--singularly.

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seattleforge From: seattleforge Date: July 28th, 2009 05:35 am (UTC) (Link)
:-)
paranoidandroid From: paranoidandroid Date: July 28th, 2009 09:57 am (UTC) (Link)
You just have to love the mother tongue (oh-er missus!)
tabby_of_doom From: tabby_of_doom Date: July 28th, 2009 03:46 pm (UTC) (Link)
<3
lizzie_marie_23 From: lizzie_marie_23 Date: July 29th, 2009 02:42 pm (UTC) (Link)
You are so cool. Did you write that yourself or find that somewhere? If you found it, I want a link.
paranoidandroid From: paranoidandroid Date: July 30th, 2009 12:14 am (UTC) (Link)
It was sent to me in a mail... I am sure I've heard it plenty times before so it's probably out there somewhere!
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